Forget luxury hotels; couldn't you get over thin walls and windows for this?
But authenticity runs deep here and a package deal comes with a bit of anti-luxury. The walls, windows and doors – some are of which are original -- are thin and there are no TVs or phones. If you can get over that and embrace the idea of true peace and quiet, Korakia will capture you and bring you back to a time long gone.
Made up of the two villas and the rooms, bungalows and suites within each, Korakia sits at the base of the San Jacinto mountains and spans 1.5 acres – all of which we could wander ad nauseum. There’s a charming pool, the courtyard where a full-cooked breakfast is served, Moroccan tea service in the afternoon, vintage books in the library, and rooms with deep copper tubs and private outdoor patios. At night, the place is magical with lights hanging from citrus trees, oleander in the breeze, glowing fires and movies projected above an outdoor space complete with Moroccan cushions.
Stay in Korakia's original 1918 Orchard House Adobe and sink into that copper bad boy
New this year, Korakia also offers 3-Night Inner Wisdom Retreat Intensives taught by author and shaman trainer, Ronda LaRue. While we haven’t experienced these spiritual retreats firsthand, there’s something powerful about the idea of experiencing them on Korakia’s tranquil grounds. LaRue focuses on following your own inner wisdom and days include morning meditation, satsang dialogue, visioning arts and direct shaman training and guidance. The next retreat is scheduled for September 24-27 and the cost is $645, not including hotel.
Summer rates at Korakia Pensione currently start at $129 per night; come winter, rates will start at $169.
Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn